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Published: 12:17 | 17/2/16

O'Neill: More the one to beat


More Of That will take a lot of beating in the RSA Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival, according to trainer Jonjo O'Neill.

The former World Hurdle winner is unbeaten in his two starts over fences this season but will head to the Festival without the aid of another prep run because of unsuitable ground conditions.

O'Neill had toyed with the idea of entering him in the Timico Gold Cup but he has elected to go for the novice event and he feels he will be the one to beat if he can reproduce the form that saw him land the stayers' contest at in 2014.

"I'm very pleased with the horse. If he turns up there in the same form he did on World Hurdle day, I don't see anything beating him," O'Neill stated.

"I'd have loved to have entered him for the Gold Cup but I suppose we are going down the right novice route and hopefully next year he can go back there all being well.

"If he can't win the novice race, he wouldn't win the Gold Cup so I have no regrets, really."

O'Neill had hoped to run him in last weekend's Better Odds With Betfair Novices' Chase but he was forced to bypass the event because of the ground.

With the ground against him, O'Neill has elected to send him to Cheltenham without another run but he is confident the lack of an outing will not hinder him.

"I'm looking forward to him going and the ground drying up a little bit," O'Neill told At The Races.

"He seems in great form at home. I would have loved to have run him at Newbury the other day but he is a better horse on good ground and he doesn't mind being fresh so he'll go there with a live chance."

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